No matter where you go, or what is on the itinerary, you can bring your fitness with a little creativity and some easy-to-carry equipment.
Today’s move is a triceps overhead extension with a band.
This exercise is working your triceps, chest, upper back and core. All you need is a resistance band with handles and something to wrap it around like a tree, pole or railing.
Begin this overhead extension by looping your band around your fixed object. Position it about shoulder level, and grasp the handles with both hands. Turn your body around so that you are facing away from the fixed object around which your band is looped.
Lift both arms up, bending in the elbows, and tucking them close to your head. Roll your shoulders back and down, hold your chest tall, engage your midsection for stability, and stagger your stance for added control.
Once you are in position, you are ready to move into your extensions. Gripping the handles of your band, and keeping your elbows tucked close to your head, proceed to extend your arms into a straight position angling out in front of you.
Keep the extensions steady being careful to not let the elbows “flare” out with fatigue as the resistance will build with each repetition.
Continue these overhead extensions for at least 10 repetitions per set for three sets, taking a small break in between each set.
This move isn’t only great on the go but can be added into any upper-body routines at home, too.
Marlo Alleva, a group fitness coordinator at Fontaine-Gills YMCA in Lakeland, Florida, can be reached at email@example.com.